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Former Winder Mayor Lamar “Buddy” Ouzts dies at 82

August 18, 2018

WINDER, Ga. (AP) — Funeral services have been held for former Winder Mayor Lamar “Buddy” Ouzts.

Ouzts, who led the city from 1981 to 2007, died Wednesday. He was 82.

The Athens Banner-Herald reports Ouzts, a lifelong resident of Winder, was a man deeply involved in his community, giving his energies to adult literacy, programs for youth, battered women, the elderly and health agencies.

Pam Wilkes, Ouzts’ daughter, described her father as a “very caring individual” who loved Winder and Georgia football.

Outzs served in the National Guard, was a self-taught banjo player and an airplane pilot.

Retired Winder Fire Chief Ray Mattison says Ouzts hired him in 1992 and they grew close over the years. He says Ouzts loved helping people and will be missed.

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Information from: Athens Banner-Herald, http://www.onlineathens.com

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